Rahul says BSP may come on board for 2019 Lok Sabha Election
Updated:  Oct 05, 2018, 09:00 AM
Rahul Gandhi on Friday said BSP chief Mayawati's decision not to have an alliance with his party in Madhya Pradesh will not impact its poll prospects in the state even as he suggested that the BSP may come on board for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
BSP chief earlier this week had said her party would not forge an alliance with the Congress 'at any cost' for the upcoming assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi said the alliances in states are different from those at the national level.
“Mayawatiji has sort of indicated that. I think in the national elections, the parties will come together, particularly in Uttar Pradesh,” Congress president said.
When asked if he does not rule out an alliance in the 2019 elections, Gandhi said, “That is the indication we have.”
Mayawati claimed both Gandhi and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s intentions in having an alliance with the BSP were honest. But, other senior party leaders are “sabotaging” the tie-up.
Rahul Gandhi indicated Congress party was cooperating in terms of seat adjustments in the poll-bound states.
“We were pretty flexible in the states. In fact, I was more flexible than some of our state leaders. But in the midst of conversation, they decided to go their own way,” Congress president said.
BSP had demanded 50 seats in Madhya Pradesh and 15 in Chhattisgarh but the Congress was willing to concede nine in Chhattisgarh and 20-22 in Madhya Pradesh. Congress's state unit in Rajasthan had opposed a tie-up with any party.
Rahul Gandhi expressed his confidence that his party will win in the upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and also Telangana.
“We are pretty confident…. I do not see the [lack of a] BSP alliance impacting us much in Madhya Pradesh. It would have been good thing to have but we will win the elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” Rahul said.
When asked about his stand about the statement he made in Karnataka that he was willing to be the prime ministerial candidate if his party and the allies want that. “Stage one is to get together to defeat the BJP and stage two is once the elections are over, we will decide what happens. But we really do not know now what will happen then,” he said.
When pressed further, the Congress chief said, “If they want me yes sure I will [be the prime ministerial candidate].”
Rahul Gandhi insisted that all the opposition parties should come onto one platform to oust the BJP from power in 2019.
Rahul criticizes Prime Minister Narendra Modi for blaming the Congress for “everything that originated” in this country in the last 70 years, he said, “You can’t keep blaming us even when you are in power. If you give us that much importance, let us run the place. We will show you how to fix it.”
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